The Juice Podcast: Trey Songz Plays Love Doctor; Talks 'Trigga' Album, Nicki Minaj & Justin Bieber

Trey Songz

The singer-songwriter shares that he's five songs into his next album and hints on its title.

For this week's episode of The Juice Podcast, Trey Songz stopped by the Billboard NYC studio to offer love and sex advice and insight on his upcoming album, "Trigga" (July 1).

After dropping jewels as The Juice's Love Doctor in the first half of the episode, Trey Songz talked to me and my co-host, Taj Rani (host of BET's The Buzz), about the creative process behind "Trigga" – from music he listened to while recording ("old Jay Z," Notorious B.I.G. Marvin Gaye, Sade), marketing strategy to some of the album's featured guests (Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber).

"She talking crazy. She killed it. I'm proud of Nicki," Trey Songz said of their "Trigga" collaboration, "Touchin, Lovin."  "I'm so proud of her, just to see her evolve into what she is now. She's so smart and intelligent to have masterminded the whole Nicki Minaj rise to where she is... to have become a pop star."
While talking about the making of the remix to "Foreign" with Justin Bieber, Trey Songz shared his thoughts on the scrutiny that Bieber's been facing.

"I really like the way he's developing as an artist. With the latest thing that's come out, with him saying the n-word years ago, I think for him to develop as an artist and do whatever it is that he wants to do, musically, and take all the scrutiny that he does, I think it's hard to deal with," he said. "Being a young man, having [the] world on your shoulders like he does and having the world watch you grow up and judge every step into manhood you take… I think he does a great job with it."

"All of us have made mistakes that we wouldn't want highlighted the way they are in his life."

While we see Nicki Minaj and Bieber on "Trigga," Taj asks Songz if we'll see him and Drake collaborate again. "We've talked [about] doing a gang of songs together. When Drake and I had so many songs together it was in a point in our careers where we were both waiting for that moment where we would both take off. We'd see each other a lot, like friends do. Then, he got busy. I got busy. We're still homies. I still love Drake to death, but we're aren't as close because of that. I think there will be a time when we make music together just as we did before. But right now it's just two men on their own mission to plant their own imprint on the world."

After talking about the mainstream appeal of R&B, we close the conversation with Trey Songz sharing that there's "about five songs" that he likes for his next album, which looks into who Tremaine is. The concept for the next album can be heard on the four bonus tracks off "Trigga." "It's like a piece of this concept. If there's Trigga, there has to be Tremaine." [It's] Tremaine," hinting on the album's title.


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